Review: Short Stories From Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies

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Goodreads Synopsis:

‘Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.

More things from Hogwarts, who can’t love these! I really like that these aren’t spin offs, but looks into characters we all loved, but we didn’t see all the time, and who were already adults, and had lived through a lot before we met them.

McGonagall: I loved her story, it gives her a warmth that is hard to see in the books. She’s always been one of my favorite characters, but getting background on her as a teen is so interesting. Her first love and her father give us insight into the deep capacity for love we see her display towards Harry, as well as her desire to protect.

Lupin: I was so sad all over again reading this. Lupin was another of my favorite characters, and to read about how he lived his whole life feeling unworthy and unloved is so heartbreaking. Rowling mentioned how sad it made her writing it because she hated killing him . . . well then why did you!?

Trelawney: I think it’s hilarious that Rowling sees her as a charlatan just as much as the majority of the characters. I did like how she brought up the moment when McGonagall stands up for her though when Umbridge tries to throw her out. Those moments Rowling created do so much to show the mettle of her characters.

Kettelburn: I honestly had no recollection of the first Care of Magical Creatures teacher, even though I re-read the series last year. My husband said I wasn’t a true Potterhead. . .

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